Colonialism and Emasculation of Political and Religious Institutions in Northern Nigeria

  • Usman Sambo Department of Public Administration, Yobe State University Damaturu, Nigeria
  • Babayo Sule Department of Political Science, Federal University Kashere Gombe, Gombe State, Nigeria
  • Muhammad A. Bello Department of History, Gombe State University, Gombe, Nigeria
  • Misbahu Sa’idu Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Federal University of Kashere Gombe, Gombe State, Nigeria
Keywords: Colonialism, Heritage, Institution, Northern Nigeria, Religion


Purpose: Colonialism, a phenomenon which has long gone remains an interesting subject of debates especially among the African scholars. This is perhaps, due to the aggressive nature in which colonialism violently altered the evolutionary destiny of the African states. Any study that carefully dig deeply can easily come up with an area of contribution regarding the subject matter of colonialism in Africa. This study specifically explored how colonialism emasculated the political and religious institutions of Northern Nigeria with a view to ascertain the current crisis of identity that the region is facing.

Design/Methodology/Approach: Descriptive analytical design was adopted, thematic analysis and a qualitative content analysis method was used in this study which analyzed critically the various views and dimensions on the role played by colonialism in the emasculation of political and religious institutions in Northern Nigeria.

Findings: The results revealed that Northern Nigeria had a well-articulated and functioning political and religious institutions prior to the emergence of the exploitative colonialism. The British colonialist supervised the destruction of these heritages and replaced them with the alien ones that failed to function well leading to crisis of identity.

 Implications/Originality/Value: So it is concluded that colonialism succeeded in damaging the Northern Nigerian heritage and that there must be a reversal towards that indigenous culture and social settings for Northern Nigeria to record a meaningful progress in the 21st century.


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How to Cite
Sambo, U., Sule, B., Bello, M. A., & Sa’idu, M. (2021). Colonialism and Emasculation of Political and Religious Institutions in Northern Nigeria. Review of Politics and Public Policy in Emerging Economies, 3(1), 1-12.